First-Round Scores From Senior PGA Championship

By Golf Channel NewsroomMay 24, 2001, 4:00 pm
Jim Thorpe 33-34--67 5-under
Bob Gilder 37-31--68 4-under
Larry Nelson 35-33--68
Jack Nicklaus 34-34--68
Hale Irwin 35-34--69 3-under
Doug Johnson 35-34--69
Jim Colbert 34-35--69
Bruce Fleisher 34-36--70 2-under
Ed Brooks 35-35--70
Gary Player 35-35--70
Doug Tewell 35-35--70
Allen Doyle 35-35--70
Dana Quigley 34-36--70
Ed Dougherty 36-35--71 1-under
Arnold Palmer 35-36--71
Vicente Fernandez 36-35--71
Bob Murphy 34-37--71
Walt Morgan 35-36--71
Howard Twitty 35-36--71
Isao Aoki 34-37--71
Tom Wargo 34-37--71
Dale Douglass 34-37--71
Roy Vucinich 38-33--71
Bill Schumaker 36-35--71
Jim Dent 35-36--71
Frank Conner 36-35--71
Mark Hayes 37-35--72 Even
Michael Zinni 37-35--72
John Jacobs 35-37--72
Katsunari Takahashi 33-39--72
John Grace 37-35--72
Dave Stockton 37-35--72
Tom Kite 36-36--72
Jerry Tucker 37-35--72
Bill Brask 37-35--72
Bill Holstead 38-34--72
Bobby Cole 34-38--72
Rod Murray 36-36--72
Al Geiberger 35-37--72
Tom Watson 38-34--72
Rocky Thompson 36-36--72
Ian Stanley 35-37--72
Pete Nilles 36-37--73 1-over
David Huish 35-38--73
Terry Dill 38-35--73
Bruce Summerhays 37-36--73
Stewart Ginn 36-37--73
Jose Priscilo Diniz 36-37--73
Mike McCullough 35-38--73
DeWitt Weaver 37-36--73
David Oakley 36-37--73
Fred Gibson 38-35--73
Larry Ziegler 36-37--73
Lanny Wadkins 35-38--73
Hubert Green 36-37--73
Walter Hall 38-35--73
Mike Smith 36-38--74 2-over
Simon Owen 39-35--74
Miller Barber 38-36--74
John Schroeder 37-37--74
Jim Ahern 37-37--74
Seiji Ebihara 35-39--74
Paul Parajeckas 36-38--74
Jerry Bruner 36-38--74
Steve Stull 38-36--74
Barry Jaeckel 36-38--74
Jim Barker 37-37--74
Terry Mauney 37-37--74
Barry Vivian 37-37--74
Hugh Baiocchi 39-35--74
John Bland 38-36--74
Lee Trevino 37-37--74
Joe Inman 38-36--74
Jose Maria Canizares 37-37--74
George Burns 39-35--74
Gary Lindeblad 35-39--74
Benny Passons 37-38--75 3-over
Peter Famiano 38-37--75
Jim Holtgrieve 37-38--75
Tommy Aaron 36-39--75
Bob Charles 39-36--75
Tom Jenkins 39-36--75
Dave Eichelberger 36-39--75
Larry Ringer 38-37--75
Ed Sabo 40-35--75
Pete Oakley 37-38--75
Walter Zembriski 36-39--75
Rodger Davis 37-38--75
Dick McLean 37-38--75
Ted Goin 37-38--75
Yukio Noguchi 39-37--76 4-over
Chuck Milne 38-38--76
Lon Hinkle 39-37--76
David Graham 38-38--76
Jim Albus 40-36--76
Jim White 37-39--76
Rex Caldwell 38-38--76
Fujio Kobayashi 40-36--76
Graham Marsh 38-38--76
Leonard Thompson 39-37--76
Noel Ratcliffe 40-36--76
Gary Groh 35-41--76
Babe Hiskey 36-40--76
Ken Peyre-Ferry 36-40--76
Wes Smith 38-39--77 5-over
James Masserio 41-36--77
Bernard Gallacher 37-40--77
Andy North 39-38--77
Bob Eastwood 38-39--77
Tom McGinnis 40-37--77
Bob Wynn 39-38--77
Roger Kennedy 42-35--77
Denis O'Sullivan 40-37--77
Bob Duval 37-40--77
Tommy Horton 38-39--77
Steve Veriato 40-37--77
Bob Betley 39-38--77
Kurt Cox 40-37--77
Al Krueger 39-39--78 6-over
Larry King 38-40--78
Joe Huber 40-38--78
Larry Mowry 38-40--78
Steve Benson 38-40--78
John Calabria 37-41--78
Bob Ralston 42-36--78
Bob Zimmerman 39-39--78
Mike Kallam 41-38--79 7-over
Jesse Patino 35-44--79
Drue Johnson 39-40--79
John Traub 39-40--79
Charlie Krenkel 39-40--79
Tommy Price 38-41--79
Tony Peterson 41-38--79
Ray Floyd 38-41--79
Bob Dickson 39-40--79
Pat O'Brien 42-38--80 8-over
Paul Reed 40-40--80
Joe Jimenez 40-41--81 9-over
Marion Heck 42-39--81
Doug Sanders 40-41--81
Hank Woodrome 38-43--81
Gary Wintz 39-42--81
Dick Lotz 42-41--83 11-over
Lee Elder 43-41--84 12-over


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McIlroy 'really pleased' with opening 69 in Abu Dhabi

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:10 pm

It was an auspicious 2018 debut for Rory McIlroy.

Playing alongside world No. 1 Dustin Johnson for his first round since October, McIlroy missed only one green and shot a bogey-free 69 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. McIlroy is three shots back of reigning Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood, who played in the same group as McIlroy and Johnson.

Starting on the back nine at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, McIlroy began with 11 consecutive pars before birdies on Nos. 3, 7 and 8.

“I was excited to get going,” he told reporters afterward. “The last couple of months have been really nice in terms of being able to concentrate on things I needed to work on in my game and health-wise. I feel like I’m the most prepared for a season that I’ve ever been, but it was nice to get back out there.”

Fleetwood, the defending champion, raced out to another lead while McIlroy and Johnson, who shot 72, just tried to keep pace.

“Tommy played very well and I was just trying to hang onto his coattails for most of the round, so really pleased – bogey-free 69, I can’t really complain,” McIlroy said.

This was his first competitive round in four months, since a tie for 63rd at the Dunhill Links. He is outside the top 10 in the world ranking for the first time since 2014. 

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Hadwin returns to site of last year's 59

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 11:04 pm

Adam Hadwin had a career season last year, one that included shooting a 59 and winning a PGA Tour event. But those two achievements didn't occur in the same week.

While Hadwin's breakthrough victory came at the Valspar Championship in March, it was at the CareerBuilder Challenge in January when he first made headlines with a third-round 59 at La Quinta Country Club. Hadwin took a lead into the final round as a result, but he ultimately couldn't keep pace with Hudson Swafford.

He went on to earn a spot at the Tour Championship, and Hadwin made his first career Presidents Cup appearance in October. Now the Canadian returns to Palm Springs, eager to improve on last year's result and hoping to earn a spot in the final group for a third straight year after a T-6 finish in 2016.

"A lot of good memories here in the desert," Hadwin told reporters. "I feel very comfortable here, very at home. Lots of Canadians, so it's always fun to play well in front of those crowds and hopefully looking forward to another good week."

Hadwin's 59 last year was somewhat overshadowed, both by the fact that he didn't win the event and that it came just one week after Justin Thomas shot a 59 en route to victory at the Sony Open. But he's still among an exclusive club of just eight players to have broken 60 in competition on Tour and he's eager to get another crack at La Quinta on Saturday.

"If I'm in the same position on 18, I'm gunning for 58 this year," Hadwin said, "not playing safe for 59."

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Rahm: If I thought like Phil, I could not hit a shot

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 10:39 pm

When it comes to Jon Rahm and Phil Mickelson, there are plenty of common bonds. Both starred at Arizona State, both are now repped by the same agency and Rahm's former college coach and agent, Tim Mickelson, now serves full-time as his brother's caddie.

Those commonalities mean the two men have played plenty of practice rounds together, but the roads quickly diverge when it comes to on-course behavior. Rahm is quick, fiery and decisive; Mickelson is one of the most analytical players on Tour. And as Rahm told reporters Wednesday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, those differences won't end anytime soon.

"I don't need much. 'OK, it's like 120 (yards), this shot, right," Rahm said. "And then you have Phil, it's like, 'Oh, this shot, the moisture, this going on, this is like one mile an hour wind sideways, it's going to affect it one yard. This green is soft, this trajectory. They're thinking, and I'm like, 'I'm lost.' I'm like, 'God if I do that thought process, I could not hit a golf shot.'"

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The tactics may be more simplified, but Rahm can't argue with the results. While Mickelson is in the midst of a winless drought that is approaching five years, Rahm won three times around the world last year and will defend a PGA Tour title for the first time next week at Torrey Pines.

Both men are in the field this week in Palm Springs, where Mickelson will make his 2018 debut with what Rahm fully expects to be another dose of high-level analytics for the five-time major winner with his brother on the bag.

"It's funny, he gets to the green and then it's the same thing. He's very detail-oriented," Rahm said of Mickelson. "I'm there listening and I'm like, 'Man, I hope we're never paired together for anything because I can't think like this. I would not be able to play golf like that. But for me to listen to all that is really fun."

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DJ changes tune on golf ball distance debate

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 9:16 pm

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is already one of the longest hitters in golf, so he's not looking for any changes to be made to golf ball technology - despite comments from him that hinted at just such a notion two months ago.

Johnson is in the Middle East this week for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and he told BBC Sport Wednesday that he wouldn't be in favor of making changes to the golf ball in order to remedy some of the eye-popping distances players are hitting the ball with ever-increasing frequency.

"It's not like we are dominating golf courses," Johnson said. "When was the last time you saw someone make the game too easy? I don't really understand what all the debate is about because it doesn't matter how far it goes; it is about getting it in the hole."

Johnson's rhetorical question might be answered simply by looking back at his performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions earlier this month, an eight-shot romp that featured a tee shot on the 433-yard 12th hole that bounded down a slope to within inches of the hole.

Johnson appeared much more willing to consider a reduced-distance ball option at the Hero World Challenge in November, when he sat next to tournament host Tiger Woods and supported Woods' notion that the ball should be addressed.

"I don't mind seeing every other professional sport, they play with one ball. All the pros play with the same ball," Johnson said. "In baseball, the guys that are bigger and stronger, they can hit a baseball a lot further than the smaller guys. ... I think there should be some kind of an advantage for guys who work on hitting it far and getting that speed that's needed, so having a ball, like the same ball that everyone plays, there's going to be, you're going to have more of an advantage."

Speaking Wednesday in Abu Dhabi, Johnson stood by the notion that regardless of whether the rules change or stay the same, he plans to have a leg up on the competition.

"If the ball is limited then it is going to limit everyone," he said. "I'm still going to hit it that much further than I guess the average Tour player."